The rebuilding of Bradfield Elementary has officially begun with the demolition of the old school building.
Highland Park ISD took out a permit after the Highland Park Town Council in late May approved zoning and additional aesthetic enhancements.
Demolition began after asbestos abatement, school officials said.
Replacing the 92-year-old elementary school will cost $35.3 million.
The old school building was located on Southern Avenue, across Douglas Avenue from Highland Park Village.
The new school will go up on the same lot, but on the west end of the property near Armstrong Parkway, a move designed to take advantage of the narrow lot’s wider dimensions on that end.
Rebuilding the school was a point of heavy discussion with concerns raised about the architectural design and plans for a three-story classroom building across from homes on Armstrong Parkway.
The new school building is expected to be ready in time for the start of school in August 2019.
Reconstruction of Bradfield is part of the district’s $361.4 million bond package passed in 2015.
The district also tore down University Park Elementary and is nearing completion of its replacement.
The new school will open in August.
Hyer Elementary School will be torn down next summer. Its replacement should open in time for classes in August 2020.